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Jennie Price (Chair)

Jennie has 20 years’ experience as a chief executive. She joined Sport England in 2007.  Sport England is responsible for investing over £320m a year of Government and National Lottery funding into grassroots sport.  Under Jennie’s leadership it has pioneered an insight driven approach to grassroots sport and created strong long term partnerships with the public, private and third sectors.

Jennie has a strong track record of working with Government. In 2010 Sport England was given responsibility for designing and delivering the mass participation legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Since then, she has spearheaded the launch of the much-lauded and multi-award winning ‘This Girl Can’ campaign, and commissioned substantive research on young people’s concerns and preferences, including how they feel about affinity and belonging.

Before Sport England Jennie led WRAP -  the Waste and Resources Action Programme, set up by Government -  as its inaugural chief executive. She built the organisation from scratch to over 200 people within two years, and within five, WRAP’s annual income had increased from £10m to £80m and Jennie had established it as an international leader in recycling and resource efficiency. Under Jennie’s leadership WRAP oversaw an increase in the UK’s domestic recycling rate from 13% to over 30%.

Jennie has a passion for youth advancement and group participation; as volunteerism is also essential to grassroots sport she understands the benefits and constraints this brings to organisations. She has partnered with many organisations in the youth sector. In addition to her CEO career, Jennie has held a series of non-executive posts. She is chair of the Lottery Forum, a Trustee of Breast Cancer Now, a Visiting Fellow at the Cranfield School of Management and a mentor for sector leaders. Additionally, in January 2017 she joined the Step Up To Serve Advisory Council, convened by HRH The Prince of Wales.

Julian Barrell

Julian Barrell is an extremely experienced charity fundraising leader, with nearly twenty years’ experience of leading non-profit making organisations to drive income growth and achieve financial success, particularly in the youth sector.

Since 2013, Julian has acted as consultant and senior adviser to a number of charities and at present his substantive role is leading fundraising at Access Sport, a fast-growing organisation investing in volunteer-led community sports clubs to enable them to transform the life chances of disadvantaged children. Other organisations Julian has recently advised include Age UK, The Aldridge Foundation, Save the Children and Young Enterprise as well as social media donation platform Givey.

Prior to starting his consultancy business, Julian spent fifteen years working for The Prince’s Trust, where he established and built the organisation’s pioneering ‘Leadership Groups’ initiative, before spending six years as Director of Fundraising, during which time income grew from £38m to £61m. This included a trebling of corporate partnership income to £18m and a doubling of regional income to £9m as well as the integration of Fairbridge’s fundraising activities when the two charities merged in 2011.

In 2005 Julian established Invest in Futures, an annual gala dinner which has become by far The Prince’s Trust’s most successful fundraising event, with over £17m raised to date, including £2.1m on February 4th 2016. Julian continues to sit on the The Prince’s Trust Invest in Futures Committee to advise on future events.

Julian entered the world of non-profit fundraising in 1997 with a role at the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, where he ran a £5m Crew Training Appeal, as well as a short-term role at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Julian is passionate about growing high value relationships to ensure that more and more resources can be passed from those who have them to those who do not.

Martin Coles

Martin is CEO of The Marine Society & Sea Cadets, which is a flourishing, nationally prominent charity that supports and encourages the development of young people in a maritime context and provides educational services for professional seafarers. He joined MSSC in November 2010 after a 30 year career in industrial and commercial property, bringing extensive business experience to the charity from his time leading major UK property consultancies.  Educated at Sheffield Hallam University, Martin is a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Martin regularly acts as a non exec consultant to the leadership of professional consultancies.  He has recently worked with a legal practice advising on strategic direction, leading to merger, and as a Non Exec Director for BNP Paribas Real Estate in the UK. Happily married with an 19-year-old daughter, he is a member of a local church where he is an assistant youth leader.  His hobbies include gardening, motor cars and sailing.

Tina Hallett

Tina Hallett has been a PwC Partner for fifteen years. She now Leads the PwC Government and Public Sector business, and is PwC’s lead partner for NAO. Tina specialises in value for money projects and change through people. Tina is a Chartered Accountant, Prince 2 qualified and holds the BA (Hons) Economics. She is a trustee of a charity for people with severe learning disabilities. During her years as partner, Tina has led a PAYE/NIC team, a finance effectiveness benchmarking team, done M&A work within the private sector and set up a coaching initiative with the Ministry of Justice. Tina was Chair of the panel of judges for Payroll World. Tina is an experienced coach and has coached people at SOCA, Met Police, Cabinet Office, HMRC and DWP.

Tina is currently leading two projects, one for Sport England to help upskill the volunteers across England who lead Sports Clubs; and a project for DFID called Ifuse which matches skills of Civil Servants with those required by DFID priority countries. Before working with Government Tina worked within the private sector leading large global cost reduction projects with Ericsson, Unilever & BP. Tina is passionate about solving issues around Poverty and is linked with Citizens UK, Save the Children, Citizens Advice, DWP and the private sector on this issue and the Global Sustainability Goal. Tina is trustee of two charities the Westminster Society for children and adults with learning disabilities and Youth United for uniformed youth. Tina is married to a retired naval officer and was a girl guide and youth club volunteer.


Alex Peace-Gadsby

Alex is a successful business woman who owns and runs multiple companies across various sectors, including the royal warranted, luxury sport brand Musto. Typically entering these businesses during their challenging periods, she has extensive experience of implementing and driving forward UK and International business strategies, change management and demonstrating a hands on and team orientated attitude to leadership.  She has a BA (Hons) in Business Information Systems, an MA in Strategic Management and professional marketing qualifications.  
Alex also dedicates a large part of her life to volunteering along two key strands – (i) ensuring young people, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, receive life changing opportunities and (ii) supporting women and their families who have suffered the loss of a baby.  She volunteers as Chief Commissioner of England for the Scout Association and has volunteered for 13 years to present day as a leader locally in a Scout group in one of the top 10% disadvantaged areas of the UK. She was a recipient of Youth United funding in 2015 to set up an Explorer unit that continues to thrive in a disadvantaged community.  Alex also sits on the Board of Trustees of The Inspire and Achieve Foundation, a Nottinghamshire based charity focussed on mentoring hardest to reach NEET young people back into education or employment.  Alex Chairs the national charity The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust and through this was asked to represent the patient voice on the Board of the Association of Early Pregnancy Units, the Patient Liaison Committee of The International Society for Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and advises bodies like political parties and the NHS on guidelines and treatment trials. She therefore has a sound understanding of third sector governance.
Through a combination of her work and volunteering, Alex is well networked.  She is a confident and passionate communicator with a genuine talent for building successful relationships with colleagues and contacts at all levels and habitually draws people enthusiastically into a cause.  

Shyama Perera

Shyama Perera is a writer and broadcaster. She has written three novels, a history of contraception, and numerous short stories and essays for anthologies. She still writes for newspapers and appears as a social commentator on radio. As a Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund, she has both tutored university students, and managed teams of writers. She is a governor of Central London's largest FE college and Chair of a South Asian arts archive that is running history projects with community groups and schools in Berkshire in 2013, and hosting five public literary events. As a consultant, Shyama has managed a number of private sector comms projects and worked for third sector organisations including The Prince's Trust. She mentors senior managers, offering saykhel - wise counsel. Away from work, her passion is theatre. She has been a member of the Olivier Awards panel, and runs a well received reviews website, Monkey Matters Theatre.

Paul Stephen

Paul is Deputy Principal at City & Islington College,  one of the largest further education colleges in London, helping around 19,000 young people and adults each year to progress to higher levels of education or employment.  Before this, he was director of AI Partnerships, a real estate investment fund; a Corporate Finance Partner at Deloitte, at the time the largest professional services firm in the UK; and Business Development Manager at the Audit Commission.  He has over 25 years’ experience implementing public policy through transformation programmes and strategic partnerships with a combined contract value in excess of £10bn.  He is the author of a number of practical guides for making partnerships work.